About the County Clerk

Honorable Lucy Adame-Clark's Certifications, Awards & Recognition

Bexar County Clerk, Honorable Lucy Adame-Clark seated at her desk.

Lucy Adame-Clark is the first Latina and first woman elected in history, since the creation of the Republic of Texas as Bexar County Clerk. She was born and raised in San Antonio. Mrs. Adame-Clark is a mother of two beautiful children and the wife of a sheriff’s deputy. 

Mrs. Adame-Clark attended Sidney Lanier High School followed by Southern Careers Institute where she studied Paralegal studies. Before becoming Bexar County Clerk, Mrs. Adame-Clark started her career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1997. In January 2008, she was promoted to the Criminal Investigation Division section as a Latent Print Examiner/AFIS. As a latent print examiner, she worked with high-profile cases throughout the county and across the state including working directly with ATF, TX DPS, FBI, and 21 different municipalities. 

Mrs. Adame-Clark also worked in the Criminal Investigation Division for five (5) years with Criminal Warrants. Throughout her tenure with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Mrs. Adame-Clark continued receiving continued education, certifications, and accreditations where needed and also earned TCOLE hours including FBI training for IAFIS. In 2009, Mrs. Adame-Clark became an active member of the International Association for Identification. She left the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office on December 31, 2018, days shy of 22 years.  

Mrs. Adame-Clark serves as the Bexar County Treasurer and is a member of the Bexar County Bail Bond Board. She is a former Clerks Division Director and is a member of the International Association of Government Officials (iGO). She is the President of the Urban Recorders Alliance (URA). She is a member of the Bexar County Investment Committee. She is the Chairwoman of the Records Management Committee. Her duties as County Clerk include maintaining the records, including electronic documents that have been recorded or filed electronically, of 3 Probate courts, a Mental Health Court, an Auxiliary Jail Court, 15 County Courts at Law, and several other departments and is the Ex-Officio Clerk of Commissioners Court. She is in charge of recording all public records, including land records, real property, and vital statistics records such as marriage licenses, cattle brands, and DBA/Assumed names. She also maintains the Spanish Archive records from the 1700s representing Bexar County’s foundation.

Within her first year in office, Mrs. Adame-Clark implemented the County Clerk’s Office Straight to You – Records on the Run initiative, which has received numerous awards. In 2020, she received the Alamo Area Council of Government – Government Project of the Year and the Texas Association of Counties Best Practices Award. In 2021, she received the National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award and the International Association of Government Officials (iGO) Innovator Award. Mrs. Adame-Clark is also a recipient of the Texas Patriot Award from The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Alamo Mission Chapter for her continued preservation efforts. 

Mrs. Adame-Clark is very active in her community and has served in many leadership capacities. She serves as a board member for Eagles Flight Advocacy & Outreach, a board member of Women Unlimited SA, is formerly the President of the booster club for several years in Southside Independent School District with the AFJROTC program, and is a very active leader in the community. Throughout her years of service in the community, Mrs. Adame-Clark has worked on numerous projects, with the help of many others. Mrs. Adame-Clark is committed to serving the citizens of Bexar County. She has always been and will continue to be a prominent and very involved community leader.

County Clerk, Elected and appointed Officials, est. 1837

Date(s) in Office
John W. Smith
May 1, 1837 - January 31, 1841
Thomas H.O.S. Addicks
February 1, 1841 - August 6, 1848
James L. Trueheart*
August 7, 1848 - September 22, 1848
James L. Trueheart
September 23, 1848 - August 2, 1850
Samuel S. Smith
August 3, 1850 - August 11, 1865
Peyton L. Smythe
Appointed provisional by
Gov. A.J. Hamilton
August 12, 1865 - January 22, 1868
Mortimer Slocum
Appointed provisional by
General J.J. Reynolds
January 23, 1868 - February 14, 1876
Samuel S. Smith
Elected (Died August 17, 1882)
February 15, 1876 - August 17, 1882
Thad. W. Smith
Appointed and qualified
August 18, 1882 - November 2, 1896
Frank Mc C. Newton
Elected (Died April 1, 1902)
November 3, 1896 - April 1, 1902
Frank R. Newton
Appointed and qualified
April 1, 1902 - December 31, 1920
Jack Burke
January 1, 1921 - 1934
Bernard W. Ladon
George W. Huntress, Jr.
January 1, 1935 - December 31, 1936
Albert G. Trawalter
January 1, 1937 - 1944
George Turkey
Fred Huntress
January 1, 1945 - December 31, 1962
James W. Knight
Elected (Died in office)
January 1, 1963 - April 1976
Robert D. Green
Appointed by County Commissioners
April 1976 - November 1976
Robert D. Green
November 1976 - 1994
Gerry Rickhoff
1995 - 2018
Lucy Adame-Clark
2019 -  Present

* An irregularity appeared in this election. John Young was charged with voting twice in an election and his bond signed by James L. Trueheart.